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Encyclopedia > Moderator (communications)

A moderator is a person who monitors the quality of a comment posted on a site, message board or IRC channel. The purpose is to prevent trolling, abuse of the comment system, and ultimately ensure that posts are not clearly antagonizing others. The front page of the English Wikipedia website. ... An Internet forum, also known as a message board or discussion board, is a web application that provides for online discussions, and is the modern descendant of the bulletin board systems and existing Usenet news systems that were widespread in the 1980s and 1990s. ... Internet Relay Chat (IRC) is a form of instant communication over the Internet. ... Purpose is deliberately thought-through goal-directedness. ... Troll can have several different meanings: A Troll is a fictitious, mythological creature. ... A system is an assemblage of inter-related elements comprising a unified whole. ...


Moderators are usually chosen from among the members of the online community by the owner or administrator of the website, internet chatroom or message board (also known as discussion forums) in question, based on the quality of their past input to the community, their level of knowledge in the prime areas of discussions and, not the least, their behaviour. In some communities though, the moderators may be elected or chosen. Systems of moderation and selection of moderators vary widely from community to community. A virtual community is a group whose members are connected by means of information technologies, typically the Internet. ... The front page of the English Wikipedia website. ... An Internet forum, also known as a message board or discussion board, is a web application that provides for online discussions, and is the modern descendant of the bulletin board systems and existing Usenet news systems that were widespread in the 1980s and 1990s. ... An Internet forum, also known as a message board or discussion board, is a web application that provides for online discussions, and is the modern descendant of the bulletin board systems and existing Usenet news systems that were widespread in the 1980s and 1990s. ...


Moderator Archetype

Moderators generally earn respect by their fair comments, impartial behaviour and being polite but firm while dealing with the rule-breakers. They usually possess fluent language skills and in-depth knowledge in the subject of the discussions they moderate. They usually do not participate in ongoing controversial discussions on sensitive topics (like religion or politics) or even if they do, they generally do not express strong or extreme opinions either way. When a topic under discussion is hijacked by somebody and the discussion threatens to go out of hand, they step in to prevent a war of words from breaking out. However, this is only the archetype. Depending on the size and nature of the board, moderators may be completely impartial or they may take active part in discussions, contributing to the controversy. This is where it might be necessary for an Administrator (one who runs the complete site) to step in and remove the moderator of their duties. Look up Politics on Wiktionary, the free dictionary Politics (disambiguation) Democracy History of democracy List of democracy and elections-related topics List of years in politics List of politics by country articles Political corruption Political economy Political movement Political parties of the world Political party Political psychology Political sociology Political...


Moderator Privileges

Moderators usually have the power to edit or delete offensive comments, move a thread to a more appropriate board, stop a discussion from proceeding further by locking the topic, or in rare cases, delete a topic altogether. The ability to delete a topic is usually not exercised because all traces of the topic will be disappeared; instead, most moderators lock the thread and leave the last post explaining his or her rationale for locking it. In some cases, moderators also have the ability ban the regular rule-breakers and spammers from taking part in the discussions by taking away their ability to post messages. However, the ability to ban is usually left to administrators and not moderators. Administrators are distingushed from moderators in that administrators have full control over all aspects of the board, including the design of the board, implementation of new programs, banning, and standard moderator abilities. For the purposes of this article, administrators can be considered moderators because moderating is a subset of their duties. In vBulletin and Invision Power Board, there is also a warnings system that can be put into place.


In chat rooms, operators (chat room equivalents of moderators) have the power to kick users from the room as a warning. Users can easily rejoin a room after being kicked, and many modern IRC clients have auto-rejoin features. If the user rejoins and continues his unwanted behavior, operators can then choose to issue a ban on the user's alias, userid, or hostmask so that he may not rejoin. Bans can be temporary or permanent, depending on the severity of rule broken or the particular banning operator. "Blanket bans" can also be issued to prevent users from having profanity in their names or certain words such as "guest" instead of on an individual user. Operators, more commonly referred to as ops, are users with the +o flag or greater in an IRC channel. ...


Reactions

Response to moderation is often split between positive and negative. Even if a moderator is simply attempting to keep members within the rules, there will be those who, possibly out of lack of understanding of the site's rules, are angered by his or her actions. At the same time, there will be those who support the moderator's decision.


Typically on larger websites, forums, and other online communities which attract a lot of traffic, a moderator's job will become tough as there will be a proportional increase in the number of rules broken and an increase in spamming. Moderators generally need to have a cool head while dealing with trolls (members who deliberately post provocative topics) and flaming (personal attacks between individual members). While under such attack, the moderator must allow the situation to cool down or, if the discussion goes out of hand, close the topic. A website, Web site or WWW site (often shortened to just site) is a collection of webpages, that is, HTML/XHTML documents accessible via HTTP on the Internet; all publicly accessible websites in existence comprise the World Wide Web. ... An Internet forum, also known as a message board or discussion board, is a web application that provides for online discussions, and is the modern descendant of the bulletin board systems and existing Usenet news systems that were widespread in the 1980s and 1990s. ... A virtual community is a group whose members are connected by means of information technologies, typically the Internet. ... A KMail folder full of spam emails collected over a few days. ...


Even other moderators can be upset by a decision, sometimes spurring behind-the-scenes discussion of a decision. But a decision will rarely be reversed, for that would undermine the authority of the moderator in question.


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Forum moderator - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (1954 words)
However, on boards intended to be public, moderators are generally accorded additional powers to enforce forum rules and conduct administrative tasks that cannot be trusted to ordinary users (such as pinning threads—if any user were allowed to pin his or her own thread, chaos would ensue).
Among a moderator's enforcement duties is often the duty to stop flaming and keep the board a friendly place, free of personal insults (but different boards have different standards, and what is acceptable on one will invariably be prohibited on another).
One moderator might be empowered to act in the sports section, another in the general discussion section, still another in the movie section.
Moderation - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (194 words)
A moderator may remove unsuitable contributions from the website, forum or IRC channel they represent in accordance with their moderation system.
A neutron moderator is used to slow down neutrons in a nuclear reactor.
Moderation is also used to describe the process of facilitating group decision-making, especially using card visualisation (Metaplan) techniques.
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